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4:25 PM ET, April 14, 2011


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The Politico:
Nancy Pelosi snaps at White House adviser Gene Sperling  —  In a tense moment that may well have encapsulated the frustrations of three-plus months in the minority, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi snapped at a top presidential economic adviser, Gene Sperling, during a closed-door meeting …
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Nancy Pelosi fades as power player  —  During the past election season, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) could have starred in a remake of the Hollywood cult classic “Attack of the 50-Foot Woman.”  In an endless string of campaign ads, Republicans caricatured her — even put her image on billboards — as a political monster.
Discussion: Fox News and FrumForum
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner expects spending deal to pass with ‘bipartisan majority’
Discussion: The Page
Azi Paybarah / New York Observer:
Trump: ‘Always Had a Great Relationship With The Blacks’  —  You are missing some Flash content that should appear here!  Perhaps your browser cannot display it, or maybe it did not initialize correctly.  —  Donald Trump speaking with Fred Dicker.  —  Donald Trump shot down a report claiming …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Trump and the blacks  —  Donald Trump was asked just now on Fred Dicker's radio show about African-American support for President Obama.  —  “I have a great relationship with the blacks,” he said, continuing to call the overwhelming black support for President Obama “frightening.”
Discussion: CNN and TPMDC
Lauraklairmont / CNN:
Trump to make announcement about announcement
Wall Street Journal:
The Presidential Divider  —  Obama's toxic speech and even worse plan for deficits and debt.  —  Did someone move the 2012 election to June 1?  We ask because President Obama's extraordinary response to Paul Ryan's budget yesterday—with its blistering partisanship and multiple distortions …
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Raise America's Taxes
Ramesh Ponnuru / National Review:
Paul Ryan vs. the Mythmakers
Washington Post:
House approves budget deal that averted shutdown  —  Alex Wong/ GETTY IMAGES - U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), chairman of the House Budget Committee, holds up a copy of the 2012 Republican budget proposal.  —  Eliminating any threat of a government shutdown until the fall …
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House approves FY 2011 spending bill in 260-167 bipartisan vote
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
GOP reached out to Steny Hoyer for help on budget vote
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
National Review:
Strike One  —  We initially supported the deal House Speaker …
The Hill:
WHIP COUNT: Budget deal appears to have votes to pass Congress
Dennis Cauchon / USA Today:
Share of population working  —  Roll over each state to see the share of the population working in 2010:  —  Sources: USA TODAY, Census, Bureau of Labor Statistics  —  The share of the population that is working fell to its lowest level last year since women started entering the workforce …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
DeMint: If vote to raise debt ceiling is GOP's Waterloo, ‘let it be’  —  A top conservative senator on Thursday indicated he is willing to go to extreme lengths to prevent a vote on raising the debt ceiling, even if it hurts the Republican Party politically.
Sara Murray / Washington Wire:
Gov. Walker Gets Some Awkward Questions  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker faced some awkward questions during his much-anticipated testimony Thursday before the House Oversight Committee. … Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) had intended the hearing to focus on state and municipal debt …
Discussion: Althouse
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Fireworks expected as Gov. Walker heads to Hill to talk unions
Discussion:, ThinkProgress and ABCNEWS
Henry Blodget / The Business Insider:
PROFESSOR: Sarah Palin Probably Staged A Gigantic Hoax About Being Trig's Mother  —  An interesting footnote has emerged to a theory that raged around the Internet during Sarah Palin's candidacy for Vice President:  —  The theory is that Sarah Palin is actually the grandmother of her purported son Trig …
New York Times:
In Financial Crisis, No Prosecutions of Top Figures  —  It is a question asked repeatedly across America: why, in the aftermath of a financial mess that generated hundreds of billions in losses, have no high-profile participants in the disaster been prosecuted?
Derek Tang / Macroadvisers:
The Economic Effects of the Ryan Plan: Assuming the Answer?  —  Last week the House Budget Committee, chaired by Congressman Paul Ryan (R, WI) issued a Budget Resolution for fiscal year 2012 along with a Republican blueprint for addressing the nation's long-term fiscal imbalance.
Alan J. Kuperman / Boston Globe:
False pretense for war in Libya?  —  EVIDENCE IS now in that President Barack Obama grossly exaggerated the humanitarian threat to justify military action in Libya.  The president claimed that intervention was necessary to prevent a “bloodbath” in Benghazi, Libya's second-largest city and last rebel stronghold.
Discussion: Eunomia and The Daily Dish
Donald L. Luskin / Wall Street Journal:
Remembering the Real Ayn Rand  —  The author of “Atlas Shrugged” was an individualist, not a conservative, and she knew big business was as much a threat to capitalism as government bureaucrats.  —  Tomorrow's release of the movie version of “Atlas Shrugged” is focusing attention …
Kelly Chernenkoff / Fox News:
GWU Suicide Tragically Coincides with Obama Speech  —  George Washington University students in Washington, D.C. learned of a tragic coincidence of timing on their campus Wednesday.  As President Obama delivered a speech on deficit reduction in the Jack Morton Auditorium …
Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Rise; Inflation Pressure Grows  —  New claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week, bouncing back above the key 400,000 level, while core producer prices clumbed faster than expected in March, government reports showed on Thursday.
Steven E.F. Brown / bizjournals:
Marijuana causes global warming, uses 1% of U.S. electricity  —  People growing marijuana indoors use 1 percent of the U.S. electricity supply, and they create 17 million metric tons of carbon dioxide every year (not counting the smoke exhaled) according to a report by Evan Mills …
Myglesias / Yglesias:
The False Promise of Class Size Reduction  —  The idea of reducing class sizes is very popular with the public, and there's no organized interest group opposition to it.  Consequently, one of the main things we've done in US education policy over the years is make class sizes smaller.
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
About That Lawsuit...  The lawsuit filed Tuesday by Jonathan Tasini is so utterly without merit, and has been so thoroughly eviscerated in the media — including being ridiculed as the “dumbest lawsuit ever” — I am hesitant to take any time away from aggregating adorable kitten videos to respond.
16 Tons  — Contents © 1999-2010 by David Burge / Iowahawk.  —  For reprint inquiries, please contact Lynn Chu.  —  IOWAHAWK'S OTHER HAUNTS  —  BLURBS  — Het Vrije Volk (Netherlands)  —  “Laat de rijken de crisis betalen, zegt de SP.  Let's eat de rich, zegt Michael Moore.
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Budget Confusion  —  Some conservatives were taken aback by the AP's report yesterday that the continuing resolution (CR) that cuts $38 billion will only reduce this fiscal year's deficit—i.e. reduce total outlays through September 30—by $352 million.  —  Is the CR a sham?  Nope, not really.
Ed Kilgore / The New Republic:
The Fred Thompson Effect  —  Why a dark-horse candidate can't save the GOP.  —  By now, it should be obvious that anyone hoping party insiders will draft a Jeb Bush or Chris Christie or Rick Perry to rescue the lackluster Republican 2012 field from itself is living in a hopeless fantasyland.
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Patrick Poole / Pajamas Media:
(PJM Exclusive) Did Obama and Holder Scuttle Terror Finance Prosecutions?
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and National Review
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Obama's budget speech shows his unyielding ideology
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Ron Paul also starts ‘testing the waters’ organization for 2012
Laurence J. Kotlikoff / CNN:
Obama kicks budget can down the road
Discussion: Hot Air
NBC New York:
Bill Clinton Recalls “Romantic” Days of Prostitutes in Times Square
Discussion: Mediaite and Weasel Zippers
U.S. Nuclear Regulator Lets Industry Help With the Fine Print
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Cash grants instead of Medicare?
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The political name game
John McCann / Durham Herald-Sun:
Man Mangum accused of stabbing dies
Ballot Box:
Rep. Berkley to run for the Senate
Discussion: CNN and Daily Kos
‘Hezbollah intends to attack Western targets ahead of Hariri killing indictments’
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Pajamas Media
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
ABC News Exclusive: Pat Tillman's Mom Wants General Stanley McChrystal Removed From White House Post